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DCCC to Republicans: Stop ‘Playing Politics’ with the Troops
Redstate ^ | 6/27/09 | James Richardson

Posted on 06/27/2009 8:39:43 AM PDT by james.richardson

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced Friday it will launch a series of district-specific radio ads targeting vulnerable Republicans who voted against President Obama’s controversial war supplemental package.

As a matter of national security in years past Republicans have shown tremendous support for similar measures, however last week they voted en bloc against the $106 billion appropriations bill.

The Democratic Leadership and the DCCC would be content to let the public believe Republicans were “playing politics” with the troops, having voted against the emergency legislation out of pure spite for the president.

Over 100 Republicans voted for the bill when the first iteration—before the $83.5 billion bill mushroomed—reached the floor of the House several weeks ago. But after the Democratic Leadership rewrote the bill to include billions in funding for lawmakers’ pet projects, including an additional $5 billion in funding for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), virtually all Republicans defected, accusing the Democrats of lacing the emergency war-funding bill with billions of extraneous pork barrel spending.

If a global bailout is to be to debated and funded, it surely does not belong in a war appropriations bill. Democrats know this, just like they knew bailout-averse Republicans would, instinctively, vote against any such measure. And then they realized they had the upper-hand: they held the coveted “you’re-playing-politics-with-the-troops” card.

Calculating Democrats put a hold on the appropriations bill as Speaker Nancy Pelosi scrambled to corral enough votes to pass the bill without Republicans and anti-war Democrats. They did, and their disingenuous strategy to score political points—at the cost of our troops’ safety—was set afoot.

Among the Republicans targeted are Congressmen Ken Calvert (CA-44), Charlie Dent (PA-15), Jim Gerlach (PA-06), Dan Lungren (CA-03), Mike McCaul (TX-10), Lee Terry (NE-02).

As a testament to their lack of due diligence, they also set their sights on a retired U.S. Army National Guard Colonel, Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02).

Military service in Congressman Wilson’s family doesn’t stop there, no. His oldest son Alan McCrory Wilson, a Major in the Army National Guard, spent a year in Iraq. Addison Wilson, Jr., a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, is Lieutenant in the Navy. Wilson’s third son, Julian Dusenbury Wilson, is a Captain in the Army National Guard. And his youngest, Hunter Taylor Wilson, is a current student at Clemson University – where he is, fancy that, a member of the Army ROTC and Army National Guard.

Now if there ever were a legislator who would be chiefly concerned with funding the military—thereby ensuring his own family has the resources they need—Congressman Wilson would be him. And if there ever were a party who would be chiefly concerned with scoring political points by jeopardizing the military, the Democratic Party would be it.

Shame on you, Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Chris Van Hollen. House Republicans were prepared to, and indeed did, pass a troop funding bill. Giving the military the resources they needed was not atop your agenda. As details and your strategy have fleshed themselves out, it has become increasingly apparent you were principal concerned with scoring disingenuous political points.

Shame on you, indeed.

Cross-posted at Skepticians.com.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: democrat; democrats; impeachobama; obama; republicans; troops; warfunding

1 posted on 06/27/2009 8:39:43 AM PDT by james.richardson
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To: james.richardson

Democrats telling anyone not to play politics with the troops is a complete and total joke!!


2 posted on 06/27/2009 8:45:16 AM PDT by CCGuy (USAF (Ret.))
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To: CCGuy

It sure is and so like them to try and turn it around to blame us.

They are the joke and it’s going to catch up with them.


3 posted on 06/27/2009 8:48:13 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: james.richardson

I have grown so sick and tired of the infighting, cultural warfare and rabid fighting when we are all screwed in the end.


4 posted on 06/27/2009 8:50:23 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: james.richardson

Note to Democrats: Drop dead.


5 posted on 06/27/2009 8:53:38 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The Democrats have returned to their game of supporting totalitarian regimes. Now they're muslim.)
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To: james.richardson

These dishonest sleazebags just foisted an “energy” bill on us that will cost a lot, achieve little, and help them get re-elected. They should shut up. They don’t represent us or the country.


6 posted on 06/27/2009 8:55:25 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The Democrats have returned to their game of supporting totalitarian regimes. Now they're muslim.)
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To: james.richardson

Dems can get away with this because Republicans are feckless twits who don’t know how to fight back. Notice that there have been no statements or interviews Steele had done about Cap and Trade and healthcare. He’s in over his head.


7 posted on 06/27/2009 9:03:41 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: james.richardson

Isn’t this the one where the Rats snuck in “cash for clunkers”?


8 posted on 06/27/2009 9:13:01 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (When the going gets tough, the tough go out for ice cream.)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives
I have grown so sick and tired of the infighting, cultural warfare and rabid fighting when we are all screwed in the end.

Many of us know what you mean and agree. However, the Dems/liberals/RINOs are like playground bullies and must be beat to the ground before you see some relief. Nice-nice time should have been over long ago.

For those of us serving or with family serving in the military, we've put up with the bullying for far too long and we've fought back but when you look at the demographics of those who are serving/have family members etc., we're just a teeny-tiny peep in the roaring crowd, can't be heard and won't be heard.

Now maybe with so many more being victimized by this Marxist's wonderful economic talents, that mouse that roared may be heard--and felt.

9 posted on 06/27/2009 9:28:06 AM PDT by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: james.richardson
rewrote the bill to include billions in funding for lawmakers’ pet projects

There you go... a reasonable explanation why the GOP don't play that game...

10 posted on 06/27/2009 9:54:56 AM PDT by John123 (Turn on your teleprompter Obama and read your lips... "No New Taxes!!")
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Notice that there have been no statements or interviews Steele had done about Cap and Trade and healthcare. He’s in over his head.
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Why is he still there? He’s not in over his head. He’s NOT on our side. He’s on the side of color.


11 posted on 06/27/2009 10:12:54 AM PDT by mojitojoe (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: james.richardson

The Kenyan’s administration knows they have one very weak spot that will hinder their takeover of the U.S....... the troops. Should all hell break lose, will the troops stand by them or will they stand by the citizens. They MUST brainwash and woo the troops and turn them against Republicans. That is a must do! That’s why Michelle the manbeast is taking up that cause.


12 posted on 06/27/2009 10:15:43 AM PDT by mojitojoe (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: james.richardson
“. . .in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.”

—ADOLPH HITLER , Mein Kampf, vol. I, ch. X

13 posted on 06/27/2009 10:46:12 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: james.richardson

How do you argue with shameless hypocrits?

This is what I don’t understand. How do you compromise with evil? Democrats are pure evil and they must be destroyed not gotten along with. Why can’t anyone we send to Washington understand this?


14 posted on 06/27/2009 11:26:36 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (YES WE CAN have a Depression.)
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To: james.richardson
Let the RATS try.

This tactic can be shot down (pun intended) it's so easy it ain't funny. This Act's (supplemental bill, 63 pages) final version is anything but 'money for the troops'. That's in there almost as an afterthought. It has

Here's the link to the pdf version

There's NO REASON that all that other stuff has to be in this "..supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes."

[Excuse the CAPS that's how the original thing is typed.]

15 posted on 06/27/2009 12:59:16 PM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Condor51
OOPs, here's more info: H.R.2346

This is the THOMAS HTML page version with a Hot Link Index of all the junk in this Bill (Troop money my patoot)

16 posted on 06/27/2009 1:04:51 PM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: james.richardson

They voted no because the bill was supposed to be for wars - but included cash for clunkers and an internatinal bailout/line of credit... That’s why they voted NO - Dems are so classless

How many cases of “playing politics w/ the troops” can we pin on the Dems - hmmm... lots, that’s what I thought.


17 posted on 06/27/2009 2:42:09 PM PDT by Lilpug15 (The Forgotten Man: He works, he votes and he generally prays - but He Always Pays": Sumner)
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To: james.richardson

...boy this is like al Queda demanding the US end terrorism...


18 posted on 06/27/2009 3:20:39 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
...after the Democratic Leadership rewrote the bill to include billions in funding for lawmakers' pet projects, including an additional $5 billion in funding for the International Monetary Fund (IMF), virtually all Republicans defected, accusing the Democrats of lacing the emergency war-funding bill with billions of extraneous pork barrel spending.

19 posted on 06/27/2009 5:48:08 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: mojitojoe
The Kenyan’s administration knows they have one very weak spot that will hinder their takeover of the U.S....... the troops. Should all hell break lose, will the troops stand by them or will they stand by the citizens. They MUST brainwash and woo the troops and turn them against Republicans. That is a must do! That’s why Michelle the manbeast is taking up that cause.

The only way this will work is if Obama slashes military personnel by 2/3rds... and it is Exactly what Barney Frank and other top Dems suggest that he do!

21 posted on 06/27/2009 9:34:29 PM PDT by Thunder90
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To: james.richardson
So who is Rep. Chris Van Hollen, who gets called down with Pelosi?
22 posted on 06/27/2009 9:38:55 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Condor51
Soooo, uhh.... how much gold are they approving whoever it is to sell?

Is this IMF gold? IMF gold contributed by the United States? What gold are we talking about?

23 posted on 06/27/2009 9:41:31 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: popdonnelly
Note to Democrats: Drop dead.

And they can KMA too!

I will not be lectured by the party of lunatics.

24 posted on 06/27/2009 9:44:35 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Dems can get away with this because Republicans are feckless twits who don’t know how to fight back. Notice that there have been no statements or interviews Steele had done about Cap and Trade and healthcare. He’s in over his head.

Anybody with the will to surf the net, listen to Talk Radio, or watch FNC has heard the conservative message. Voters were NOT ignorant of the direction Obama-Pelosi-Reed would take us.

The problem is really Americans embraced socialism, and gave rats the House, a filibuster proof majority in the Senate, and the Presidency. The problem is the Drive-By Media is absolutely shameless in it's bias, and Pop Culture is deified. The problem is our public schools are indoctrination camps, where history is rewritten, morality subjectified, and ideology programed.

The problem is the game is rigged...

and maybe, the GOP doesn't know how to play, but I'm not ready to lynch Steele for it. The majority of American voters either likes socialism or they don't care about ideology but they still go out and vote. Even eloquent President Reagan couldn't get the conservative message out to the brain dead.

25 posted on 06/28/2009 12:48:42 AM PDT by Once-Ler (Republican)
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